Anyone has experience with Necchi Supernovas?

Hi thre, i just bought a necchi supernova julia... I've been desperately
trying to find information about the vintage supernova's online, but i cant
find anything anywhere...
basically, whats the difference btw all the different supernovas, ULTRA,
JULIA, BU/NON BU, etc ?
And where can i find a source for attachments?
Thanks!
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jpo245
I have a Necchi Supernova...just love it. Out of my 30 or so vintage machines, it's the quietest one of the lot.
I *think* the difference is in the types of cams they use, but I'm sure there are other differences.
You're welcome to come join us at the Yahoo! group, necchisewingmachineclub! =20
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IMS
Hi there IMS, thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction.. i joined teh group already... Im having problems verifying my email address so i cant post yet... anyway, this is what i have:
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i just bought it, and it doesnt come with any manuals or the box of accessories.. i have a few qns which i hope you can answer:
1. Are all cams interchangable with all supernova models? 2. What does BU mean? 3. I paid 51 bucks for my supernova julia, it looked to be in pretty good shape... im a total newbie, do u think i overpaid? 4. Would u know any source for all the different attachments/cams? I can't seem to find anymore on ebay..
Thanks!!!
I have a Necchi Supernova...just love it. Out of my 30 or so vintage machines, it's the quietest one of the lot.
I *think* the difference is in the types of cams they use, but I'm sure there are other differences.
You're welcome to come join us at the Yahoo! group, necchisewingmachineclub!
------------------------ Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
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jpo245
=46irst let me say I've only had my SN for six months, found it at a thrift and, thanks to the group members, finished major work on the camstack because it would not turn. But, it now works like a charm and I just love it. I paid$28 for it and it came with a full attachment box and the manual. If I knew then that the camstack didn't work, I would not have purchased the machine...that was a MAJOR job.
1 - From what I've seen discussed on the Yahoo group, it does not look like all the cams between the models are interchangeable.
2 - BU...I asked the group that once, what did BU stand for?? And the reply was, "Butt Ugly!" No one actually knew what it stood for.
3 - Unless you picked it up locally, you also paid the shipping costs for the machine, so you really do need to add this to the total price you paid. The shipping was $35, so you paid a total of $86. Whether or not that's too much is your decision to make. Hopefully it will come through shipping OK and everything will work.
4 - Fortunately I got a full attachment set with my SN. The only place I've seen 'genuine' Necchi attachments set is on eBay. They are much harder to find than Singer attachments, so they don't get listed much and when they do, they go for a lot.
desperately
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IMS
Yup a total of 86 bucks.... Well i guess to me anything less than a 100 bucks is worth it, because i value the utility of a sewing machine to be about 100 bucks. As a newbie, i actually wasted abt 60 bucks buying pure crap. from oen of those handystitch hand held machines, to a kenmore MINI sewing machien which broke after i tried sewing thick stuff.
So i finally read up, and decided to get a necchi supernova... coz i needed a quality machien with different stitches. The vintage singers offered only straight stitches, so those were ruled out...
I was almost going to plonk down >150 bucks for a pfaff 130, but figured that was an overkill, considering it doesnt even come with a case!(Which i definitely need coz i stay in a dorm, and will be moving every year)
Could i ask what was wrong with your camstack? was it cracked and did the machine skip stitches? What did you do to fix it? I really hope mine isnt like that.... but if it is, i hope to learn more about how to fix it...
also, do u know of any source for a JULIA manual? (Free if possble) i've been searching high and low online, but can't seem to find one....
Thanks!
First let me say I've only had my SN for six months, found it at a thrift and, thanks to the group members, finished major work on the camstack because it would not turn. But, it now works like a charm and I just love it. I paid$28 for it and it came with a full attachment box and the manual. If I knew then that the camstack didn't work, I would not have purchased the machine...that was a MAJOR job.
1 - From what I've seen discussed on the Yahoo group, it does not look like all the cams between the models are interchangeable.
2 - BU...I asked the group that once, what did BU stand for?? And the reply was, "Butt Ugly!" No one actually knew what it stood for.
3 - Unless you picked it up locally, you also paid the shipping costs for the machine, so you really do need to add this to the total price you paid. The shipping was $35, so you paid a total of $86. Whether or not that's too much is your decision to make. Hopefully it will come through shipping OK and everything will work.
4 - Fortunately I got a full attachment set with my SN. The only place I've seen 'genuine' Necchi attachments set is on eBay. They are much harder to find than Singer attachments, so they don't get listed much and when they do, they go for a lot.
------------------------ Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
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jpo245
Ooops, also i forgot to add,
would the necchi be good enough to sew neoprene? I know my mini kenmore did a HORRIBLE job... i was told a more powerful machine would do fine...
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jpo245
Hi melinda! thanks for replying, I sure do hope it runs ok when i receive it... the seller seems to be quite a sincere fellow, with his wife being a seamstress and all...
the only problem is that it doesnt come with the accessories (cams) which i feel i might need.... it also doesnt come with a manual, which i will need coz im such a noobie...
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jpo245
I think your decision is very sound! Getting a top of the line vintage machine like a Necchi makes more sense than getting a cheapo current model for the same money; those old workhorses were made to last several lifetimes. I made similar mistakes and a few years ago getting a SM, and stopped sewing for several years because of it. Then I read up on them and set my sights on a vintage Singer 401, also a TOL model in it's time...I've since ended up with two, and it is my main workhorse machine. Now that I 'know' the models, I find them at the thrifts and at the sales, and have accumulated a nice little collection...and I just love 'em.
The problem with the camstack on my SN was that it would not turn at all, so the machine could not make any of the decorative cam stitches. It was gummed up really bad, due to lack of use and no maintenance; the group 'gurus' told me this is a common thing. =20
I had to take the entire camstack assembly out, clean it (it was full of thickened grease which prevented it from turning) and put it back together. No small task, as there were a lot of parts, tiny springs and screws...it took weeks. And, there were more tries than I care to count on getting it back in because of getting an 'e' clip connected just so. It also smoked at first, but this was because oil had gotten onto the belt and onto the motor (another common thing, I was told). Cleaning that off took care of the problem. But, the OSMGs on the group sent me pics and directions, and I could not have done it without their help.=20
I don't know of any Necchi manuals on line for free; like the machines, they isn't a whole lot of information out there about them. The Necchi I have is the first one I'd ever seen or heard about, and went back to buy it only after finding the Necchi group and asking about it. Perhaps someone on the group has a manual they'd be willing to copy for you?
I can't wait to hear about your machine once you get it and give it a drive.
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IMS
The Necchi Supernova seems to be a very powerful machine and I don't think it would hurt to try it. The Necchi Supernova does have a belt, so make sure yours is in good shape and set nice and snugly (doesn't slip) before trying it on something thick like neoprene. ------------------------ Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing = in the middle.
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IMS
Hey IMS, thanks for replying!! I finally got my yahoo email address verified, so i guess i'll be seeing u at the necchi yahoo groups then!
Thanks again!!
jpo
I think your decision is very sound! Getting a top of the line vintage machine like a Necchi makes more sense than getting a cheapo current model for the same money; those old workhorses were made to last several lifetimes. I made similar mistakes and a few years ago getting a SM, and stopped sewing for several years because of it. Then I read up on them and set my sights on a vintage Singer 401, also a TOL model in it's time...I've since ended up with two, and it is my main workhorse machine. Now that I 'know' the models, I find them at the thrifts and at the sales, and have accumulated a nice little collection...and I just love 'em.
The problem with the camstack on my SN was that it would not turn at all, so the machine could not make any of the decorative cam stitches. It was gummed up really bad, due to lack of use and no maintenance; the group 'gurus' told me this is a common thing.
I had to take the entire camstack assembly out, clean it (it was full of thickened grease which prevented it from turning) and put it back together. No small task, as there were a lot of parts, tiny springs and screws...it took weeks. And, there were more tries than I care to count on getting it back in because of getting an 'e' clip connected just so. It also smoked at first, but this was because oil had gotten onto the belt and onto the motor (another common thing, I was told). Cleaning that off took care of the problem. But, the OSMGs on the group sent me pics and directions, and I could not have done it without their help.
I don't know of any Necchi manuals on line for free; like the machines, they isn't a whole lot of information out there about them. The Necchi I have is the first one I'd ever seen or heard about, and went back to buy it only after finding the Necchi group and asking about it. Perhaps someone on the group has a manual they'd be willing to copy for you?
I can't wait to hear about your machine once you get it and give it a drive.
------------------------ Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
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jpo245
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has your manual for $15. It would be worth it, I think. Once you find out what cams it takes, if you post a picture somewhere, I'll check through my collection of unmarked cams to see if I have them. I have several sets, but no clue as to what machines they fit.
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Pogonip
Hi there pogonip,
i sent you an email, but im not sure if i deciphered your emailaddres correctly, please reply to me email if u got it!
Thanks!!
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jpo245
Italian made. first machine ever to embroider, with cams. Mine is a Supernova Ultra purchased 9/26/55 and has NEVER has a service call. I have always changed the belt and the bobbin winder gizmo (looks like a spare tire) and kept it well oiled. I love that machine. The manual only says to have it serviced by a reliable repairman and does not give any addresses. I would think any reliable repairman would be able to do that. As for attachments I have bought generic roller foot,teflon foot and even a spare bobbin "cage" ( or whatever it is) just be sure to take one with you because there are both high and low shanks. I have seen these in the Clotilde catalog . This machine has always done anything I've asked of it, and some of it has been pretty weird. My hsband and I went to the county fair with the agreement that we would not spend a lot of money on fooolishness but when we saw it beig demonstrated he was as fascinated as I wth what it could do. He bought it on the spot for $400.00 which included the beautiful limed oak desk That was lots of money back then but I wouldn't trade it today for one of those $3000+ ones. Hope you enjoy it much as I have mine.
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Scare Crowe
Oops found statement that "BU" means "without the automatic device". Clotilde address is
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who would probably send you a catalog if you do not have one. Hope this helps some. Dot in Tennessee
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Scare Crowe

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